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217 Today: John Deere’s plans to create an autonomous tractor evoke mixed reactions from farmers

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • An Illinois lawmaker wants to considerably streamline how cannabis is controlled in the state, but he’s running out of time.
  • Candidates running for Illinois Attorney General met in a debate last night on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.
  • In the 13th congressional district, Republicans said Democratic candidate Nikki Budzinski earned thousands of dollars as a consultant.
  • Planned Parenthood said its expanded health center in Champaign will allow it to provide in-clinic abortions at the site for the first time in years. 

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about farmers’ mixed reactions to John Deere’s plans to have an autonomous tractor widely available by the end of the decade.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Rob Wildeboer, Harrison Malkin, Jim Meadows and Jonathan Ahl.

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